Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Katherine of Aragon Festival

If one could be at Peterborough Cathedral tomorrow and the weekend, one could participate in several activities in honor of Queen Katherine of Aragon:

~~Friday 28th January at 10.30am
Katharine of Aragon Commemoration Service: Our annual service which commerates (sic) the life of Henry VIII (sic) first wife, Katharine. This uplifting service is open to all with primary schools from across the Peterborough region and historical musicians Hautbois performing.

~~Friday 28th January at 5.00pm
Candlelit Procession and Vespers: This service is in part a candlelit procession of honour of Katharine through the Cathedral grounds and up to her tomb. The procession harks back to her funeral and the 1000 candles lit for Katharine by approximately 200 mourners in 1536.

~~Friday 28th January at 7.30pm in the New Building
Talk on the Life and Times of Old Scarlett: Tickets are £5 or £3 concessions and available from the Cathedral Shop or Peterborough Destination Centre on 01733 452336.

~~Saturday 29th January 9.00am
Roman Catholic Mass by the grave of Katharine of Aragon: This moving Mass, held each year in her memory, is led by Father David Jennings from All Souls Park Road.

~~Saturday 29th January 10.00am to 3.00pm
Tudor Living History Day in the Cathedral and its grounds: Free admission. Tudor Living History Day at the Cathedral, with a chance to meet Katharine and Henry VIII, Tudor dancing and music, Tudor crafts, archery, surgery and much more.

~~Saturday 29th January at 7.30pm
The Sixteen in concert: The Sixteen are recognized as one of the world’s greatest choral and period instrument ensembles. This unique concert which will only ever be performed this evening will feature music Katharine would have heard at court, and also a piece reputedly written especially for her by Henry VIII. Full concert programme details can be found on the Cathedral website. Tickets are £20, £12, £8 and are available only from the Cathedral Shop or Peterborough Destination Centre on 01733 452336. Early booking is recommended as these concerts usually sell out.

~Sunday 30th January at 2.00pm
Tudor Walk around Peterborough city centre: This historical walk is guided by Stuart Orme. Tickets are £5, £3 concession and available from the Peterborough Destination Centre on 01733 452336.

Sounds like a great festival!

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